Category Archives: Contemporary Confucianism

Top 10 Issues of 2017 for Confucians in China

According to the 《儒家网》 (Confucian Web), here are the top 10 issues of interest to Confucians in 2017:

(一)儒学复兴进入“重建经学”新阶段

(二)传承发展传统文化上升到国家战略层面,中共十九大提出“坚定文化自信”

(三)“家与孝”讨论,凸显“人伦”的独特地位

(四)对“大陆新儒家”的评议继续深化,“新康有为主义”隐然成型

(五)敦和基金会探索国学领域机构发展模式,助力民间国学社会组织发展

(六)康晓光批判“公益商业化”,捍卫儒家公益之道

(七)阳明学不断升温,儒学已成为当代可供选择的思想资源

(八)学者持续倡议中国儒学学科建设,研究启动儒学教材编纂

(九)中伊开展文化学术交流,推进“儒伊对话”接续回儒传统

(十)孔子诞辰祭祀活动地域范围迅速扩大,祭礼仪式日益完善

This is just one opinion — the editorial staff of this website — but it gives a flavor for what some “mainland new Confucians” have been focused on. Lengthier descriptions of each issue follow below, and also at the original site.

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New Book: Stapleton and Hon, eds., Confucianism for the Contemporary World

SUNY has published Confucianism for the Contemporary World: Global Order, Political Plurality, and Social Action, edited by Kristin Stapleton and Tze-ki Hon. More details are here and below.

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Dialogues Between Angle and Huang, Guo published

The latest issue of 齐鲁学刊 [Qilu Academic Journal] features an extended, two-part dialogue between Huang Yushun and me, and another dialogue between Guo Ping and me. The topics covered include both substantive and methodological issues related to Huang’s “Life Confucianism (生活儒学),” to the “Liberal Confucianism” defended by both Huang and Guo, and to the idea of “Progressive Confucianism.” See:

New issue of Journal of Chinese Humanities

Volume 3 of the Journal of Chinese Humanities has been published. Among other things, it contains an interesting discussion of the trend toward “indigenization” in Chinese humanities, and the connection of this to Confucianism, by Wang Xuedian; and a review by Joshua Mason of Huang Yushun’s English-language book, Voice from the East: The Chinese Theory of Justice (translated by Hou Pingping and Wang Keyou; Reading, UK: Paths International, 2016). The Table of Contents is here.

Chan at Harvard on “Democratic Equality and Confucian Hierarchy”

Faculty Seminar with Joseph Chan – “Democratic Equality and Confucian Hierarchy”

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard will be hosting a seminar with Joseph Chan, who will present his paper, “Democratic Equality and Confucian Hierarchy.” Archon Fung will be the discussant. This event is co-sponsored with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, May 23 3:00-5:00pm
LOCATION: Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

More information here.

Kim at Next Neo-Confucianism Seminar

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene Friday, April 21st, from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

The speaker will be Professor Kim Sungmoon, and his presentation is titled: “The Confucian Value Theory of Criminal Punishment.” If you would like to attend, please contact rapporteur Zach Berge-Becker for a copy of the paper.

Angle reviews Kim, Public Reason Confucianism

My review of Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge, 2016) recently appeared in Ethics 127:3. The first paragraph of the review follows. A pre-publication version of the whole review is available here.
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